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Closing Ceremony - Basic Screen Acting Course for deaf and hard of-hearing people

Today, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, started with an amazing experience. Our YWTC Trust in collaboration with Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) arranged a basic screen acting course for deaf and hard of hearing people. Today we celebrated the closing ceremony along with our participants, supporters, faculty and senior officials from FTII. We received wonderful feedback from our participants (pl find below two msgs from our participants). Faculty felt so happy with the performances of our course participants. Even though the course is virtual and for a short duration, course participants performed very well. This was mentioned by the faculty specifically :).

FTII Director Mr Sandeep Shahare appreciated all the participants and YWTC for starting this initiative. He mentioned that FTII is strictly following the quota for Persons with Disabilities and advised the participants to apply for different types of courses announced by FTII. He spoke about the two courses offered by FTII for PwDs as a part of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) held at Goa recently. Registrar Mr Rabeehashmi Sayyid i, CFOL Executive Head Dr Milind Damle and our Course Director Jijoy Pulikal Rajagopalan put so much effort in organising this course. Heartfelt thanks to all of them ! We all made our first steps. I am confident that this journey will continue and together we will create a more inclusive environment in the entertainment industry.

We could arrange this course because of the support from my dear friends Dr Saundarya Rajesh (MyAvtar), Aruna Sharma (4 AT Consulting) and Vrishank and his parents. We have plans to arrange physical sessions in 2023. Hope we will get the required support !

Thank you so much Raja Rajasekharan P and Santosh Kodimyala for sharing your expert views with us !

Our core volunteer Aakash Manokaran made all the arrangements for smooth conduct of this virtual event.

Totally today's event is one of the unforgettable moments in my life :)

Feedback from Sabari Venkatesh Thumatti Vishnuram , one of the participants of the course:

Today is my most remarkable day of my life. Doing a skit of mime based on the mother's love. I recieved a lot of appreciation and feedback. If mime was a subject, I should score a centum 😁. It was a magnificent experience learning an acting course through online. Through online course, I expected there would be a barrier of a network connection. But course went smoothly in one month with no network interruption. Thank you YWTC team(especially Madhavi ji) and FTII Jijoy sir for your fabulous support. Without your support, we should have not made it here. It was a nice memories acting with Arshia and Vishak and an amazing journey to see you all acting during course. Last but not least I would like to say thanks to the interpreters. ❤

Message from Nandhini, another participant:

First of all couldnt believe that it was the last day. Time flies ..!

One amazing journey it was. Each and every one joined here with their own interest to learn something new and also to share their ideas to others. Everyone working hard at their office with hectic pressures , deadlines though we consolling ourself for the weekend days to spend with our families happily. People may think we are sacrificing those days once joined here , but we know that actually we created a beautiful family here.

Thank you each and everyone . It was a great pleasure to spent a time with you guys. Hope we all keep in touch . Special thanks to madhavi since i personally know her we both working at the same office she is an Avp for the process i know how hectic pressure her work is though she managed all ,sheduled a time for everything and exectuted very well . I still remember one day she said people like us should hands together and reach heights. I feel like this was the first stepping zone for that. Let v all together and shine bright !

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